Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A.M.Stir

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A.M.Stir

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Byline: DAVID C.L. BAUER

PEACE ON EARTH

FOR GIVING AND FORGETTING

Whether you've been in a relationship eight minutes or eight years, knowing how to give a gift can be just as important as the gift itself.

Women know this. Men, not so much.

In the spirt of helping you not be out in the cold this holiday, we offer you guys just a few things not to say at gift-giving time:

- "Good thing I saw the sign at the BP station or I would have forgotten to buy you something."

- "I thought these pants might not make your butt look so large."

- "Oops, that was supposed to go to my other girlfriend. I must have mixed up the boxes."

- "But you said I didn't have to get you anything."

- "And those are good at any McDonald's."

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Clement C. Moore's classic tale, The Night Before Christmas, comes to life Friday in an online multimedia presentation featuring the voices, artwork and music of notable locals.

JACKSONVILLE.COM

Search term: Christmas.

HOLIDAYS

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

Almost anybody can do a Christmas album. Not everyone can do it well. Here are a few that haven't been selling well this season.

'THE SOUNDS OF BLANDING'

Novel idea, using the ambient sounds of Blanding Boulevard at rush hour to craft Christmas songs. It harkens back to the dogs that bark holiday tunes, without the cuteness factor.

Best track: Rudolph the Red-Light Runner.

Worst track: Santa Claus is Coming to Town, but He's Stuck at the Wells Road Intersection.

'THE LOCKOUT PERFORMANCES'

Although the orchestra musicians are locked out because of an ongoing contract dispute, the show must go on, especially when this is prime time for symphony performances.

Best track: Really, Really Silent Night.

Worst track: The Sound of Silence. …

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